“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
This familiar text shouldn’t be quickly overlooked. Especially this year! We could all use some “good tidings”, or good news. The good news, by the way, wasn’t just that a birth had occurred in Bethlehem, but that a Savior had come! The thing that this world most needed had now arrived. My news feed has been filled with every detail of the vaccine that is now arriving to “save” us all. May we, as believers, be as busy spreading the genuine good news of the gospel as the world has been in sharing their latest updates.
A few years ago, some of you helped us with a special printing project. We reprinted a book to be used in our first module as a motivational tool for our students. “Martyred in Mexico” tells the story of a Mexican church planter who reached thousands for Christ before being murdered for his faith. A few days ago a Pastor wrote to tell me that one of his Module 1 students was able to use one of the passages in that book to lead someone to Christ! What an encouragement it is to see even our beginning students finding ways to use what they are learning for the glory of God!
The pandemic has allowed me more time to focus on creating new educational content as well as improving what we have already done. All that work has been done on a laptop that has served me well for many years, but it is now woefully underpowered to handle the demands of today’s higher quality video. I will continue to use the laptop for a great deal of day-to-day work, but we need a dedicated system for video editing. This will cost approximately $3000.
Because of the special gifts that some of you send at Christmas, we have already begun making some progress toward that goal. If you would like to help us with this special need, you can donate here. In a typical year, we may have been able to have made the purchase without asking for additional help, but 2020 has not been typical. Our income from tuitions is down by over 50%, and our support from churches has seen a 25% reduction. Please don’t read those numbers as a complaint. They are the realities that most of us are dealing with this year. As I have told you in previous letters, despite those reductions, we have had everything we’ve needed throughout the year. To God be the glory!
Thank you for all that you have done to make that a reality. Your gifts and prayers have been vital. May God bless you in this Christmas season and throughout 2021!